Building a Football Team? Rodgers, Frampton & Campiotti among Top 10 ‘Foundation Players’ in The 209

Filed in Uncategorized by on December 27, 2016

Jumping into the 2017 season, let’s take a look at some of the top talent returning to The 209 and who you would on your team. We’re looking for difference-makers, impact players who can turn a team from good to great, from great to a Section champion.

We look for skill players who go the distance of the field and play with an explosive quality, as well as dominant linebacker and wicked defensive kids. Here’s our list of 10 kids we’d used as the foundation for our 2017 high school football tea, ranked #1 through #10:

#1, Sonora RB/WR/KR/DB Kane Rodgers, Sonora: He’s as good as any big-play, multi-threat, dual-position as we’ve seen in The 209 in years – give him the ball 16 times a game (throwing deep 3 times a game) and he’ll become instant offense. Kickoff returns are too dangerous for his knees, but he’s returning punts and is a turnover machine on defense. He averaged 12 yards a carry, 35 yards a catch and scored 23 TDs. He’s also picked off 17 passes and has completed 3 passes – all 3 going for TDs,

#2, St. Mary’s-Stockton RB Dusty Frampton: He ran for 2,345 yards and 42 TDs as a junior, benefiting from playing on a team with an elite passing game and monstrous offensive line. He’s a special running, though, with his speed and ability to patiently wait for a hole to develop. He can be a workhorse — 30, 37 and 33 carries in the Section final, NorCal & State Bowl — and he would be the #1 pick in any draft in The 209.

#3, Manteca QB Gino Campiotti: He is a strong pocket passer in a power running game offense, and that’s limited his production the last two years. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder looked like he was born for the role during the rout of Placer in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 4 final (13 of 33, 318 yards, 4 TDs) – but he averaged just 16 throws a week over 14 games. If the Buffs can replace his receivers, Campiotti will be minimum 2,500 yards passing with 30 TDs.

#4, St. Mary’s-Stockton WR/DB Marcus Aponte: He can catch passes against any secondary in the state (14 TDs), after grabbing 2 TD passes in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 final and then 2 more in Division 1-AA State Bowl. He’ll also be your top DB.

#5, Oakdale RB/DB Bronson Harmon: He’s a ball-hawker in the secondary and he was a big-play threat from the backfield. A two-way standout it always a good starting point for improving a team.

#6, Manteca OL/DL Kyle Reis: The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder is a coach’s kid and looks comfortable on both sides of the line. Who d0esn’t want an anchor like Reis on both sides of the ball? (#70 in the photo.)

#7 Oakdale LB Jace Krick: His Pick-6 for the decisive TD in a NorCal Bowl win over Sutter spoke to his athleticism, as he read the play, grabbed the pass, stayed on his feet and returned it 70 yards. Coordinators will  gameplan ways to avoid Krick next fall.

#8, Brookside Christian RB/DB/PR Reuben Lee: He’s only 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, so you doin’t want to overuse him, but his health shouldn’t be an issue playing Division 7. He can do everything – run, pass, catch, defend, return – and is the best D7 player in the Section.

#9, Manteca LB Ferrin Manuleleua: Everyone wants a mean linebacker to anchor their second line of defense. He’s the second-best returning LB in The 209 behind Krick

#10, Brookside Christian QB Quincy Glasper: He’d be higher on the list, but he’s heading into his junior year and he needs some opportunities to throw against a top-tier secondary if he is going to move higher. His 23 INTs this past fall is a huge red flag playing in D7, though he was fourth in the Section in yardage and TD passes.

 

 

 

 

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Richard T. Estrada has been covering high school football in The 209 area code for more than 30 years and is the voice of authority on the game in California's Central Valley. He oversaw The Modesto Bee's high school sports coverage for a couple of decades, and also was a national award-winning business and agriculture writer. Black Hat Football not only covers the game, but emphasizes education and the need for The 209's student-athletes to prepare for college.

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